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# A controversial figure throughout most of his public life,

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5. A controversial figure throughout most of his public life, the Black leader Marcus Garvey advocated that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom.

(A) that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom
(B) that some Blacks return to the African land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him
(C) that some Blacks return to Africa which was the land which symbolized the possibility of freedom to him
(D) some Black’s returning to Africa which was the land that to him symbolized the possibility of freedom
(E) some Black’s return to the land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him, Africa
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5. A controversial figure throughout most of his public life, the Black leader Marcus Garvey advocated that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom.

(A) that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom
(B) that some Blacks return to the African land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him
(C) that some Blacks return to Africa which was the land which symbolized the possibility of freedom to him
(D) some Black’s returning to Africa which was the land that to him symbolized the possibility of freedom
(E) some Black’s return to the land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him, Africa

the bossy verb advocate indicates that subjunctive mood may be tested.

B ) the construction of this sentence is such that it looks as if there is particular part of africa that symbolises possibility of freedom to Marcus Garvey. Not Africa in general.

c) which was the land which. The second which is definitely wrong as it is part of restrictive clause. It should have been that.

D and E are out for using 'black's' , possessive is not needed here.

A, B and C use subjunctive but B & C introduce some errors. A is wordy but still best of the lot. So A is correct.
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Here is a classic case of how improper modification through misplaced word order or punctuation can play a disastrous role in meddling with the logical meaning of a given GMAT SC. Please note tht the passage in general means freedom to the Black tribe and not freedom to Garvey alone. Chocie, B, C and E can be thrown out for wrongly meaning to refer to freedom to Garvey by not setting off the modifier 'to him' in commas, thus essentializing the modification.

In D, the first pointer is the grammatical flaw of the absence of comma before which, a non-restrictive modifier. In addition, by singularizing Blacks to a single Black’s returning, the intended meaning is awfully distorted by implying that some individual Black’s return to Africa is going to symbolize the freedom to the entire race.

A is thus rendered the best with proper placement and treatment of the modifier and with the use of the present imperative subjunctive mood
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20 Sep 2011, 01:14
Clear cut A. Took me almost 2 minutes.

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5. A controversial figure throughout most of his public life, the Black leader Marcus Garvey advocated that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom.

(A) that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedomcorrect
(B) that some Blacks return to the African land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him --> the land symbolizes freedom
(C) that some Blacks return to Africa which was the land which symbolized the possibility of freedom to him --> which is a non-restrictive clause and should be placed after a comma
(D) some Black’s returning to Africa which was the land that to him symbolized the possibility of freedom--> which is a non-restrictive clause and should be placed after a comma
(E) some Black’s return to the land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him, Africa
(Africa placed at the end of the sentence which is not correct)
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gjayachandra wrote:
5. A controversial figure throughout most of his public life, the Black leader Marcus Garvey advocated that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom.

(A) that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom
(B) that some Blacks return to the African land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him
(C) that some Blacks return to Africa which was the land which symbolized the possibility of freedom to him
(D) some Black’s returning to Africa which was the land that to him symbolized the possibility of freedom
(E) some Black’s return to the land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him, Africa

Idioms - 'advocated that' --> eliminate D and E
B alters original meaning. --> eliminate!
Between A and C, A is more concise.
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gjayachandra wrote:
5. A controversial figure throughout most of his public life, the Black leader Marcus Garvey advocated that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom.

(A) that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom
(B) that some Blacks return to the African land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him
(C) that some Blacks return to Africa which was the land which symbolized the possibility of freedom to him
(D) some Black’s returning to Africa which was the land that to him symbolized the possibility of freedom
(E) some Black’s return to the land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him, Africa

OA should be A
advocated that - Correct idiom or command subjunctive
Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility - modifier modifying a modifier.
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gjayachandra wrote:
5. A controversial figure throughout most of his public life, the Black leader Marcus Garvey advocated that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom.

(A) that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom
(B) that some Blacks return to the African land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him
(C) that some Blacks return to Africa which was the land which symbolized the possibility of freedom to him
(D) some Black’s returning to Africa which was the land that to him symbolized the possibility of freedom
(E) some Black’s return to the land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him, Africa

Can anyone please help me to explain what's the role of " A controversial figure throughout most of his public life"? To which does it complement? I get confused with this noun phrase!
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daagh Can you explain how C alters the meaning and why is it wrong? I went with A but had difficulty eliminating C.
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